Arctic Audubon Society is inviting the public to join its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14.

The Fairbanks Christmas Bird Count is part of the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a nationwide winter tradition organized by the National Audubon Society throughout the American hemisphere. For more than a century this citizen-based conservation effort has resulted in a huge and valuable database for understanding bird population dynamics.

The count will last 24 hours and cover a 177 square mile circle — 15 miles in diameter — which is centered on the intersection of Dalton Trail and Yankovich Road. The circle includes the top of Ester Dome, parts of the Chena and Tanana Rivers, the dump and plenty of typical Interior habitat. The object of the count is to cover as much of the circle as possible while identifying and counting birds without duplication. A map of the area can be found at the organization’s website here: bit.ly/2YkJWN2. If you live inside the count circle, you can participate in a feeder count, details of which can be found on the website.

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a field observer, contact Laurel Devaney at 907-750-3027 or visit the website listed above.